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Phooie? Not so much!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Happy day! I did make it to the gym (despite falling back asleep at 4:45 - the gym opens at 5!), and worked out for 68 minutes today. Not too shabby. Burned up some 800+ calories, too!

And since I've just joined the "SP class of Jan 6 - 12" challenge for the next 8 weeks, I'm totally focused on staying on track now. Working out, eating as healthy as I can by staying aware rather than eating mindlessly. And I'm going to be adding in some personal goals as well - like cleaning my apartment - I'm sick of the piles of paper stacked on every flat surface! :)

The best part? I've only put on 2 pounds. Phew - it's not too awful, especially after not having really watched my diet this week either - I did have a whole large candy bar for dinner last night. :)

But no more. I've decided to actually stay within my recommended calorie range for this next 8 weeks while I'm in the challenge and see how that affects my training goals.

Okay - I still have a LONG way to go, but I'm confident I can do it. If I stay aware and alert.

- Maya

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DENAKAY74 2/27/2008 12:37PM

    Way to get back on the horse! I'm doing the same thing right now.... We can do this!!!!!!!

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SINDEL066 2/24/2008 4:52PM

    Great Job Maya! Keep up the good work! You can do it!

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KJSCORTEZ 2/23/2008 2:15PM

    WTG on the workout! You've inspired me to go do mine....(not tomorrow, I'm a procrastinator)
But hey, I'm in the same class of jan 6-12 I'm going to check out the challenge you are talking about! I need some motivation, I've kinda fallen off the wagon for about 5 days now.

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MMTAYLOR62301 2/23/2008 2:03PM

    Hey just read your blog and wanted to say Congratulations on the great work out!!! Keep up the good work.

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ABM909 2/23/2008 12:05PM

    whooo! You can do it! It sounds like a reasonable goal. And way to go making it to the gym this morning. I forced myself to workout this morning as well. But now I'm off to work, so have a good day!

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JENNA2007CANADA 2/23/2008 9:53AM

    That sounds like a fantastic workout - you have every right to be pleased - way to go!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!! Jenna

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And phooie - nothing!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I shouldn't whine. What happens to my weight-loss journey is always going to be a result of the choices I make - or don't make, for that matter. :)

I'm trying to stay within my calorie range, but not getting in my workouts - just managed to get to the gym ONCE this week. Not because I was busy, but just because I didn't choose to go.

I'm sure the scales will have a lesson for me when I weigh-in tomorrow. Sorry - later today. I've GOT to stop leaving the lights on when I fall asleep - I keep half-waking up mid-cycle, and then the light being on gets my brain hyperactive. Bad idea - I then wind up staying awake for several hours, often doing nothing productive. :(

But this is all changing. I'm off to switch off those lights now, get in (hopefully) another 3 hours or so of sleep, and then it's off to the gym for me. I'll be weighing in this morning and also working out hard after a long break!


- Maya

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EFAKER 2/23/2008 7:32AM

    And you CAN do this... get yourself to the gym and spend some time really taking care of yourself today... I just posted a response to your reading comments on the bookworm thread... I bet you leave the lights on because you are reading... I do that, too, I keep a book in bed with me and read if I wake up, but I also bought a little lamp with a remote so I can just punch it to turn it off, no raising my head off the pillow involved... that's helped, too! Have a wonderful day,

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Ha! NOT so blah week!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

So there I was, having blown off exercising last week except for one day, and having eaten about 8 meals at restaurants.

I was fully expecting to have gained weight when I hit the gym this morning (hmm, it's after midnight, so I guess it was actually yesterday morning!).

Instead, I've lost another pound. This is not just water weight - I've always been good about drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses a day.

I suppose, even though I _have_ been eating out, I've been careful in what I picked. NOT the healthiest meals, necessarily: I was at a Johnny Rockets on Valentine's for lunch, and wound up eating TWO of the burgers with bacon and cheese; followed by dinner at a Thai place on the same day - at least I couldn't eat much of that, because everything my friends ordered was sweet and that's one flavour I do NOT like in my meals - unless it's actually dessert. :)

No desserts this week, though - just wasn't in the least bit tempted even when others did order dessert. Interesting - I'm now at the point that I won't eat dessert unless it's something that I consider truly worth it - a chocolate truffle isn't enough, chocolate mousse aggravates the lactose intolerance, I guess a really good chocolate cake would be about the only thing I'd splurge on right now.

I'm getting better at limiting carbs (I was eating way too much rice!) and choosing more fiber-rich carbs like whole-grain breads and brown rice instead. Even at home, I'm eating less rice (I haven't had rice at home even ONCE this week, come to think of it!), and instead I'm eating whole-grain breads, and less often!

So, this is what the journey looks like. It's a fun one.

I've discovered that the President's Choice Jamaican-style Ginger Beer is absolutely fantastic - reminds me of what my mum made a couple of times when I was a little girl and she was busy experimenting! Unfortunately, it's rather high in calories, so I only have it once in a while.

I've rediscovered the ability to say "no" when eating out with friends and family - as well as the ability to say "yes". This afternoon, I headed out for a late dimsum lunch with my brother and his family - it was almost 2 by the time we were seated, and I was starving (I'd worked out HARD this morning!). They were all done, but I was still hungry - so I actually snagged a couple of extra dimsum dishes from the carts and ate them - not something I'd have done a couple of months ago: I'd have been too worried about them thinking me a pig. :) Now, I KNOW I need the extra calories sometimes, and I'm not going to resist too hard. :)

Hah. For saying that, I'll probably find I put on 2 pounds by the time I weigh myself tomorrow. Right. Later this morning I mean.

Once I've actually gone to bed and woken up. And that's another fabulous bonus: I'm back to sleeping 8 hours a night! It's been at least 5 years since that was normal for me, so this is a HUGE bonus. And at least part of it is due to exercise, so I'm getting right back to exercising this week.

Ramble, ramble. :) I'm done.

- Maya

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DENAKAY74 2/19/2008 6:55PM

    Thanks for the comment on my blog page! It sounds like you're well on your way to eating healthier! Could you lend me some of your ability to make good choices???

Baby steps, right? Anyway, congrats!

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JENNA2007CANADA 2/19/2008 3:00PM

    You are doing fantastic - this journey is hard but oh so exciting! Jenna

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NO-EXCUSES 2/19/2008 1:12AM

    Congrats to you. It's always a nice surprise when we get what we don't expect! Keep it up, you are doing great!

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More body changes

Saturday, February 09, 2008

It's interesting to me that now that I've done a full week on a VERY tough (for me) workout schedule, I'm still not seeing a proportional weight loss.

But I'm certainly FEELING the difference. Tons of energy (I always have been upbeat and energetic, so now I'm like the energizer bunny), much better sleep - I sleep through the night most nights now - like I used to do 5+ years ago. :)

Best of all is my waistline and my thighs - both are getting significantly smaller, and I can feel the muscles in my legs just by tensing them. Wow - I guess I put on muscle FAST. I don't plan to sabotage that, believe me.

Last night, I put on one of my straight-cut nightgowns from India - it's an XL in Indian sizing (the women there are all as short as I, and a LOT more slender!). This used to be really tight around the upperarm and so rarely got worn - more of an EMERGENCY-I-haven't-done-laundry-in-a-coup
le-of-weeks nightie. Well, it fits! It's still not loose in the sleeve as I'd like, but it's no longer uncomfortably tight. I can actually run a finger around the rim of the sleeve now, between my arm and the sleeve.

Yay. And this morning I tried on my "interview-suit" - a gorgeous creation from Ann Taylor that I bought in New York at my lowest weight in the past 8 years, and that was 2 years ago. Well, in November the pants wouldn't zip, and the jacket wouldn't go on over my shoulders (I was afraid of busting a seam, so I didn't push it). Now? It fits. The pants zip nicely, though there is still a bulge. The jacket fits and buttons. From the front it looks great. From the back, not so good: it has one of those little vent-like things on the jacket back right at the bottom: that flares out like a little fan. :) I guess I'll have to wait until my bottom is a little smaller before I can wear this suit in public again, but BOY, that's motivating!

So, here's to inching my way down. I love what's going on with my body: I no longer am afraid to fail - I simply know that I won't! It's all in MY own head, after all, and all I have to do is to change strategies if one particular one isn't working.

This week, I'm looking forward to getting into swimming again - I'm self-taught, so I swim "funny", but I love to swim. Just haven't done it in about 10 years. :) Time to start again and give myself that little extra boost of "whee, isn't this exercising thing FUN" so I keep enjoying the journey.

It's Saturday, and it's almost 10:30 - I guess I'd better be off to the gym now. :)

- Maya

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PARIS2009 2/9/2008 6:17PM

  You're off to such a good start, and you have a great perspective on
your progress. Keep looking for the positive and you're bound to
reach your goal! You can do it!!!

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JENNA2007CANADA 2/9/2008 11:06AM

    It is all good and so many more exciting changes coming your way - whoo hooo - keep up the good work and boy do I know how tough some weeks can be but I also know that you can get through them!!!! Big hugs - Jenna

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Inches, not pounds!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

This past week, I've been exercising HARD. Upped my exercise to a minimum of 60 minutes, got in about 6 workouts. Ate a little more than my recommended calorie allowance, but not totally outrageously.

Of course, I was naively expecting the weight to come off.

It didn't.

But yesterday, I decided to measure myself, just for something different to do - and amazingly, not only did I lose a centimetre or so off my waist (YAY!), but I actually lost a centimetre off my NECK!!! How does THAT happen?

Anyway, now I'm all motivated again and raring to see where else I lose inches - whether or not the scale moves really does not matter any more - it will, in its own good time, and in the meantime, I'm working off a ton of calories and enjoying the process.

Today, I'm tempted to reward myself by going shopping for clothes - I know, waste of time if I'm in weight-loss mode. But, believe me, if I don't reward myself, I'll get bored. And if I use my normal rewards (food or books!) I'll wind up gaining weight (I'm a bookaholic, so I'd be in my armchair for a solid week getting through the books - so yes, books WOULD add to my weight).

So, it's off to the local consignment store today to see if anything gorgeous and cheap catches my eye - that way I won't beat myself up for going over-budget, either. :)

- Maya

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TOKYOTESS 2/13/2008 12:30AM

    yay! congrats on the waistloss. I love seeing the measuring tape get smaller.

Remember, 5 lbs of fat is about the size of a loaf of bread ...
5 lbs of muscle is about the size of a turkey leg. Go turkey, go!


~:^) Tokyo Tess

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PARIS2009 2/6/2008 9:04AM

  Good job exercising, and hurray for getting smaller! The little clothes
reward is a great idea. ~ It was great to see you pop up on my blog - the
more friends during this process, the better. So, here's to keeping
going, no matter what! You can do it!!! ~ Shawn

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1DREAMS 2/6/2008 2:02AM

    sounds like a great reward to me.. I just rewarded my self by buying some richard simmons DVDs.. gotta love our self rewards..

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JENNA2007CANADA 2/5/2008 2:47PM

    Keep up the good work - I had to have my rings taken in (yup lost weight there too), went back to a narrower size shoe (yup there too), lost off my neck, wrists, thighs - yup it comes off everywhere - isn't it fantastic and yes, reward yourself with a new outfit. You've worked hard and deserve to feel grand!!!! Cheers - Jenna

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